THE COALITION INTRODUCES THE NEWEST INDUCTEES
America’s most notorious insurance schem- ers have earned leadership of their moral wasteland by induction into the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame.
The No-Class of 2014 was chosen by
the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
The Shamers come with a warning sign:
“Do Not Touch: High Revoltage.”
They represent the most brazen, vi-
cious or klutziest insurance cons of last
year. Small wonder; they inflicted costly
fakes and pains on consumers and insur-
ers throughout the nation.
America’s pharaohs of fraud possess
an uncanny drive to connive in pursuit
of the immaculate deception. But the
newly inducted meaculprits received a
loud break-up call: They were convicted
last year thanks to the tireless efforts of
The Hall of Shame draws public attention to an $80-billion annual fraud spree
that many consumers and policymakers
think is a harmless and victimless crime.
Most Americans are honest, but unac-ceptably large percentages tolerate fraud
— a kind of outrage deficit disorder, research shows. The Hall of Shame presents
true-life stories to convince more consumers that insurance fraud is deviant
and intolerable behavior.
Storytelling is humankind’s oldest and
most-effective form of communication.
Our brains are biologically wired to think
in narratives. Stories also are 20 times more
likely to be remembered than hard facts.
Humans thus have fashioned stories
to interpret and remember events since
the first cave people sat around the
campfire to talk about the day’s woolly
Herewith is the hunt for the Coalition’s
newest moral invertebrates, the No-Class
Dr. SpyroS panoS
The orthopedist made more than $35
million in false claims for thousands of
botched and faked surgeries. He rushed
up to 20 surgeries in a day — as many
as orthos normally perform in a month.
One surgery lasted seven minutes.
Panos bounced from operating room
to operating room in quick sequence. He
performed substandard surgeries, or just
sliced open patients and stitched them up
without making repairs. Panos also billed
routine arthroscopic procedures as ex-
pensive open surgeries.
Christine Steele had two useless knee
surgeries and has been unable to work
full-time ever since.
Chris Hanson never recovered after
three surgeries, including two knee repairs. He can’t work at age 55 and has
trouble walking. Panos also operated on
both Achilles tendons of a senior. She is
in constant pain and can’t even play with
Panos received 4½ years in federal prison and faces about 260 malpractice suits.
Garcia let her infant daughters, Nyeemah
and Nija, die in a house fire she set for just
$64,000 worth of insurance money. Garcia had overvalued the contents of her